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The passing of a track legend

The passing of a track legend

When Lawson Van Kuren arrived in Cheney nearly a half century ago to begin his teaching and coaching career he was given his choice of what he would like to coach at Fisher Junior High School. It was ...

...and summer's just barely started

Residents' efforts to comply with the city's request to sharply curtail water use this past weekend helped Cheney avoid a critical situation regarding its water supply. But with more hot weather on...

Cheney CHAS clinic hits funding setback

Plans to open a community clinic in Cheney serving the West Plains have hit a snag as hoped for federal funding has fallen through, at least for now. Community Health Association of Spokane — CHAS — announced plans in October 2014 of its...

Fire ratings clarification

In last week’s In Our Opinion on fire safety it was mentioned that homes in rural areas carry a fire insurance rating between 8-10. Not so in rural areas of Spokane County Fire District 3. Because of the district’s efforts, Fire Chief Bruce...

Spokane Tribe inks intent letter with Hard Rock Cafe & Casino

The good news keeps coming for the Spokane Tribe Economic Project (STEP). In a news release, the Spokane Tribe of Indians announced they had signed a letter of intent with HRHH IP, LLC (Hard Rock Hotel Holdings, LLC) to bring the Hard Rock Hotel &...

Summerhawks go 2-0 vs. Priest River

The Cheney Summerhawks 17U baseball team is coming off a busy week, losing to the Spokane Crew 17U, 9-1 on July 23, and then sweeping a doubleheader with Priest River, 12-2, 13-0, June 25. They were...

Cheney & Medical Lake 2015 Wood Bat Pods

Cheney Pod Cheney Sunnyside Lewis & Clark No. 1 Moses Lake Walleyes Regina Athletics Cheney - Thursday, July 2 Cheney vs. Sunnyside – 8 a.m. Sunnyside vs. Mos. Lk. – 10:30 a.m. Mos. Lk. vs. Lewis and Clark – 1 p.m. Lewis and Clark No. 1 vs....

Sports Week

BASEBALL AAA American Legion Thursday, July 2, Blue Devils vs. NW Premier, Mead H.S., 8 a.m. Blue Devils vs. Spokane Crew, 6 p.m. Friday, July 3, Blue Devils vs. Les Johnson, Mead H.S., 8 a.m. Blue Devils vs. LaGrande, Ore. 6 p.m. Other games...

Blue Devils get back on track in Belgrade tourney

The Spokane Blue Devils were in a funk following their 0-3 week in Spokane American Legion AAA play that ended June 24. They lost three straight contests to the Cannons, 1-0, 6-4 and 8-0, evening their league mark at 3-3 and fell into the dogfight...

Cheney 15U baseball drops game to Red Storm

The Cheney Summerhawks 15U team had what was supposed to be a busy week turn into a short one, losing their only game to the Red Storm, 6-0, June 25. Against the Red Storm, head coach Nick Fell said...

Nichols gets his chance with Eskimos

Matt Nichols’ Canadian Football League professional career has been full of injuries so far, but the former Eastern Washington Eagle might finally have his chance. With Edmonton Eskimos’ starting quarterback Mike Reilly sidelined by a knee...

Wood Bat AAA Mead Pod

Teams Spokane Blue Devils Spokane Crew Les Johnson Cats La Grande Legends N.W. Premier Thursday, July 2 Blue Devils vs. NW Premier – 8 a.m. NW Premier vs. Les Johnson – 10:30 a.m. Les Johnson vs. La Grande – 1 p.m. La Grande vs. Crew – 3:30...

Kari Knowlton named new Medical Lake volleyball coach

Brewster, Wash. native and budding teacher Kari Knowlton is the latest person who will attempt to turn the volleyball ship around at Medical Lake High School. Knowlton succeeds Amanda Higgins who had to resign due to conflicts with her regular...

Williams, Arakawa named Big Sky Scholar Athletes

A pair of recent graduates with degrees in biology — women’s basketball player Melissa Williams and track and field standout Jordan Arakawa — have been selected as Eastern Washington University’s recipients of the Big Sky Conference...

EWU's Tyler Harvey drafted by Orlando Magic

After performing his magic act at Reese Court in the past three seasons, the transition from Eagle to a member of the Orlando Magic has begun for former Eastern Washington University men's basketball ...

Charleston's tragedy is the nation's wound

The following June 29 editorial from the Panama City News Herald may or may not reflect the views of the Cheney Free Press editorial board. In the wake of the murders at a Charleston, S.C. church, details are sinking in — and with them, the...

Revolution's matchstick: The Trans-Pacific Partnership

Rolling down the corporate-political assembly line is a trade deal so treasonous to the people of the world that it should serve as revolution’s matchstick. The treaty is secret, but one fact is well known: the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement...

Another indictor of racial tensions in our country

Before pointing too many fingers at our beleaguered Secret Service agency and its recent foibles, we should consider its success so far in its bottom line responsibility: to keep President Obama and family alive and injury-free. Interviewed during...

BNSF removes 'I-sore'

During a May 6 community forum on increasing train traffic through Cheney, Cheney resident Pamela Gray brought my attention to a large, dead, pine tree at the end of I Street in downtown Cheney. She even brought a picture of the tree to pass out at...

West Plains Briefs

SCLD closed July 4 All Spokane County Library District facilities, including the ones in Airway Heights, Cheney and Medical Lake will be closed Saturday, July 4, to observe Independence Day. Regular hours resume Sunday, July 5. All Spokane County...

What's Happening on the West Plains

All events are free unless posted otherwise. To get your event or meeting in the weekly What’s Happening section send an email with date, time, location and event to jmac@cheneyfreepress.com. City of Cheney • July 3, Baby Play and Learn...

Cheney council OKs $6.4 million transportation plan

The Cheney City Council approved the city’s six-year, $6.4 million transportation improvement plan at its June 23 meeting. Of that funding, $4.9 million is planned for grant-eligible projects, with $655,470 in grant-eligible matching projects and...

Airway Heights looks at new logo, asks residents for feedback

Airway Heights is looking at making some cosmetic changes in hopes of enhancing its economic development, one being the recent update to its website. Another is a new city logo. In collaboration with ...

Medical Lake asks residents not to light fireworks

The city of Medical Lake is requesting residents refrain from using fireworks on the Fourth of July. Medical Lake Fire Chief Jason Mayfield explained that the city is not forcibly banning fireworks but rather asking residents to “voluntarily...

Cheney Middle School announces fourth quarter honor roll

Cheney Middle School officials have released their fourth quarter honor roll for the 2014-2015 school year. The names are listed below. EIGHTH GRADE 4.0 GPA – Abigail Blazon, Julia Gundlach, Rachel Hove, Jaymee Knutson, Sara Nanny, Jameson...

EWU trustees approve preliminary budget

The Eastern Washington University board of trustees felt confident enough in the legislative process in Olympia they would have a budget to approve that they scheduled a June 26 meeting in Cheney. So much for great expectations when dealing with...

Medical Lake High School graduates receive scholarships and honors

The following Medical Lake High School graduates were awarded scholarships and honors. Fred Belga — Army ROTC scholarship, Gonzaga University stipend (three years), Gonzaga Unversity Deans List Scholarship, JROTC Certificate of Completion (four...

Girl Scouts donate to Youth Ranch

During a June 18 dedication ceremony, the Medical Lake Girl Scout Troop 3673 donated a flagpole to the Jensen Youth Memorial Ranch, 961 N. Stanley...

ML school board approves summer learning program

The Medical Lake School board breezed through a short agenda at its June 23 meeting. The board approved two summer learning programs for students. One is a reading intensive learning assessment program for third-graders who scored below the basic...

Smokey Bear comes to Tyler Daze

The small community of Tyler, Wash., was busy with activity the first Saturday of June as the annual Tyler Daze again brought the community together at the Tyler Grange Hall.  The Tyler volunteer fire fighters put on a pancake breakfast and lunch...

Telling mom about stepson better done sooner than later

Hi Celeste, I am currently dating a woman with a son. We get along great. He’s a good kid. My mom wants to meet my girlfriend but I haven’t dropped the knowledge about the son. Should I let my mom know right away or wait until she meets them?...

Looking Back

10 Years Ago July 7, 2005 The residential growth trend continued for Medical Lake as it was announced a new addition to Silver Hills would contain 72 homes on a 27-acre development named Silver Hills West. Flickering lights in a large number of...

Looking back with the Cheney Historical Museum

One hundred years ago on July 3, 1915, Tyler celebrated the 4th of July with a trap shooting contest and an eight-mile automobile race, as well as an orchestra, games and speeches. Learn more about our area’s history at w...

Churches

Cheney Community Church Monday, July 6, our week of Vacation Bible School begins. The program starts at 9 a.m. with registration available on-site. If not pre-registered, come by at 8:45 a.m. to check in. Pre-registration is available by calling...

Annette D. Huddle

Annette D. Huddle age 91, passed away June 19, 2015 in Spokane, Wash. She was born Jan. 21, 1924 in Pasadena, Calif., to Jess and Daisy (Goff) Ryckman and was a graduate of Okanogan High School,...

Lawson Van Kuren

Lawson Van Kuren lost his brave battle with cancer on June 26, 2015. Lawson Wallace Van Kuren Jr. was born to Katherine (Sitenga) and Lawson W. Van Kuren in Babcock, Wisc. Jan. 9, 1942. He was the...

 
 
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